Devotional: Adopted By God The Father & Somewhere To Call “Home”

John 15:16
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My Name He may give to you.”

Due to a change in dynamics, I had to finally surrender one of my dogs to the Humane Society.
I listed him on the Internet, offered him to friends and posted on social media but no response other than one message of interest I got after dropping him off at the facility. I do feel much more comfortable about them finding him a new family than the risks run by handing him into a potentially harmful situation.

Truthfully, I tried to avoid his little eyes on the trip to the place because I knew if I looked into that little face, I simply would not be able to do what was best for him. I did check and ask MANY questions to assure that he was going with people who would work hard to match furry friends with loving owners.

The next day, I had an opportunity to go out with friends and guess where we ended our journey, yes, the humane society. No, we did not go to the same location, and no, my friend is looking for a large pet so the one I just had was not what she and her husband want.

When we went to the first shelter, the little dogs out front just started barking, jumping about joyfully in their small cages. They so desperately wanted to be petted, or even better, given the chance to have a new home!

My friend found one pup that was precious and she asked about it. $100, but it had heartworms as did all the sweet animals we just passed. It really was sad because that meant all those we just saw, the little guys and gals so anxious and eager to love and be loved , were infected which made them less attractive to probably most potential adoptive parents. Every day the little things just continue to greet everyone approaching them, unaware why they are being rejected.

Next. we went to another location. Those dogs, for one reason or another, made no real “connection” with my friend. She was still disappointed that the first one at the previous place was not well. It was going to be far too expensive to adopt then pay for treatment, hoping it would work. Again, we passed by cage after cage of hopeful canines, wagging tails, expecting realized dreams of a new family. As we went by and got far enough away, each stopped barking, pitifully seeming to concede and accept its situation.

At times I think I would love to serve the Lord in an orphanage, but I just do not know if my heart could take that. It would give a chance to show children who do not have the care of a parent, what it is like to know the love of Father God. I would try to impart upon them that just because no one gave them a place to live, the Father adopts those others find unwanted or undesirable. With Him, we always have a home.

In school, were you the “popular” kid, with photos of you at every dance with a cute dress and a snazzy-dressed fella by your side? I was not that girl! Never asked out, the only dance I attended was in high school and I went “stag”.

Growing up with an under bite and being made fun of for years, I started believing what others said about me, after all, I was dateless! Finally I found someone who did notice me, someone who seemed to love me for who I was. Guess what, he proposed, and I said “yes”, twenty-six years ago this April.

We can only speak for ourselves as to what attracts us to something or someone, personality, beautiful eyes, a smile or is it something much deeper; maybe fruits of a godly friend? What makes us attractive to others, though? What inspires someone take a liking to us? Why do they stop at our pen and say “This is the one I want”!

Never in a million years will I know what value Jonathan found in me, I am just amazed and honored for the potential he saw in me as friend. How blessed I am that he chose to make me his wife, give me his name and allow me the honor of being mother to our three precious children.

Our Father has His eye on His children. He has selected and adopted us. We are His. There is no way to earn or deserve His love. It is so humbling that our Father would lay His hand on our little heads and claim us as His own. Isn’t His grace so AMAZING!

PRAYER

Thank You, O Father
For wanting us

Lord, we can never earn Your love
Nothing we could ever do in life
Could make us worthy of being chosen and adopted by You, our God

Let us just fall on our face
Before our Abba, Father
Who has shown such mercy

By Your precious nature
Our Great Creator
The Cost to redeem us
Was the highest price
Heaven could afford

We are chosen
And clasped tightly in His
Capable, soothing and powerful hands

One day He will call us
And we will be with Him for eternity
In Heaven
The Home He is creating for His children!

In the Name of Jesus,
Amen

Songs

“Orphans of God”

“Who Am I?”

“Amazing Grace”

“Love So Amazing”

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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